What’s on in Summer

Longview House is perfectly placed for many different events through Summer. If you are planning a visit here, we can help you with some of those.

The events below were due to take place in 2020, some have been cancelled due to the pandemic, however, these are annual events and will give you an idea of what to expect during your stay. 

Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament, 1st – 5th June

Experience golf on the North Coast like you have never experienced it before with The Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament. Running successfully from the 1960s, it attracts up to 600 golfers annually from all over the world.

Taking place from 1st to 5th June 2020 the golfer will take on four links classics in Royal Portrush Valley, Ballycastle, Castlerock and Ballyliffin Old Links.

Royal Portrush’s fine Valley Links is set on the beautiful Causeway Coast, between the huge sand hills immediately along the Atlantic shore, it is where 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell learned the game.

Castlerock Golf Club is set among rolling sand dunes, where its scenic qualities embrace the River Bann flowing out to the Atlantic. A top-class links that has been played by the best.

The Warren Links at Ballycastle is a Course which mixes flat, low-lying holes with seaside classics. It is set on a spectacular stretch of coastline, with panoramic views of the Mull of Kintyre, Rathlin Island and Ballycastle Bay.

The Old Course at Ballyliffin has had the input of one of golf’s greatest champions, Nick Faldo. The Old Links undulates in the glory of its natural terrain, presenting a golf course that is considered among the top 20 best courses in Ireland.

While visiting the area golfers and their families may take the opportunity to visit the Causeway Coastal Route. Here you can see the mythical, medieval ruins of Dunluce Castle, then only a short drive away is Bushmills home to the famous Distillery, the oldest in Ireland, which produces the smooth-tasting whiskey known all over the world and of course no trip to the area would be complete without a visit to the Giants Causeway.

It is no coincidence that many of the golfers are repeat business, they come back every year to play these great courses and reminisce with friends in this picturesque part of the island. There are many fantastic bars and restaurant where competitors meet on an annual basis.

More than anything, you will discover the friendliness and camaraderie that comes with playing in the tournament.

World Oceans Day, 7th June in Portrush

Causeway Lass is celebrating World Oceans Day 2020 with a special whale watching event to mark the occasion.

Departing Portrush Harbour visitors after embarking Causeway Lass will experience an exciting whale watching boat trip with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. The professional group is dedicated to the conservation and better understanding of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Irish waters.

Whilst enjoying a scenic boat trip, visitors will learn about marine mammals and if lucky see some of the mammals for themselves. The duration of the trip is three hours and costs £25 including tea and coffee.

Tours are also directly bookable through Causeway Coast and Glens Visitor Information Centres.

Ballymoney Show, Ballymoney, 5th & 6th June,

Join us at this year’s 113th Ballymoney Show in Ballymoney Showgrounds.

Ballymoney Show is a local agricultural show providing 2 days of entertainment for the whole family. We aim to attract visitors, from both the local farming area, the locals and also visitors from the rest of the province, Eire and mainland GB.

Ballymoney Show is held in the local showgrounds, which are owned by the North Antrim Agricultural Association.

A spokesperson told us that:

In addition to the 100 plus trade stands, we have more than 1,000 animals being judged on the Saturday – including horses and ponies, cattle, sheep, goats and poultry. Our Home Industries and local schools also provide nearly 2,000 entries with some magnificent displays on offer.

For any of you dog lovers, we hold a Dog & Pet Show on the Friday evening; also on the Friday night there will be YFC football competitions and tug of war.

For the ladies, there will be floral demonstrations and cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs as well as cookery competitions in our Food Village, alongside artisan food and craft stands selling local produce. Over the 2 days there will also be musical entertainment to suit everyone.

Ballymoney Show has built a strong sense of community for over 100 years (since 1907). We pride ourselves in the strong young farmers’ involvement with the show – involving 3 local clubs – Finvoy, Kilraughts and Moycraig. The members of these clubs unite to do all the preparation and planning – and this gives them many opportunities to team build. 

Causeway Coast Ford Fair, Sunday 7th June in Portrush

This year celebrates the 16th Annual Causeway Coast Ford Fair, taking place on Sunday 7th June 2020 at West Bay (also known as West Strand), Portrush.

The show has become a huge attraction on the Causeway Coast, showcasing a wide range of Ford classic and vintage vehicles, allowing spectators the opportunity to browse through many years of Ford heritage. The latest Ford models are also a highlight of the event, with a full range of Ford vehicles provided by the event sponsor TrustFord.

Previous years have attracted upwards of 10,000 visitors, with the event hosting a trade village, selling Ford products and car-related merchandise and a local food village. The children’s entertainment area provides activities for younger enthusiasts, making the Causeway Coast Ford Fair a great family day out!

Bushmills Salmon & Whiskey Festival, 13th – 14th June – Portrush

Set your taste buds alight during the Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival whilst enjoying celebrity and local chef demonstrations. Also, enjoy whiskey tastings at the world famous Bushmills Distillery.

Other highlights include Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market, tours of Bushmills Salmon Station as well as live music and dance performances. The Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival has the recipe for success with plenty of fresh local produce, the opportunity to learn and more.

Armoy Road Races, Ballymoney, 18th – 25th July

The world-famous road races take place once again in and around the picturesque County Antrim village of Armoy.

The three-mile circuit harks back to the 1970’s and the days of the legendary Armoy Armada including the famous Joey Dunlop, but has been brought bang up to date by the organisers. Race Week events include a truck run, talk shows and classic bike and car displays. A thrilling two-day racing experience for all to enjoy, culminating in the grand finale ‘Race of Legends’.

See our social media channels and the AMMRC website for all the latest news and race week programme of events.

Heart of the Glens Festival, Cushendall, 1st – 9th August

The Heart of the Glens Festival is based in Cushendall in the beautiful Glens of Antrim, on the famous Causeway Coastal route on the Antrim Coast. The festival runs from 1 – 9 August and provides a fun packed programme of over 100 events throughout the 9 day period.

The large variety of events include the Community Opening Parade showcasing our community spirit with over 20 of our community groups along with local businesses taking part. Approx. 90 lorries join the parade and of course we also have our children in fancy dress and free entertainment at the end of the parade. Our main events include the famous Lurig Challenge Run which is limited to 400 participants, Food Fest night, Adult Treasure Hunt, the ever popular ‘Theme’ fancy dress night (check FB for details) and the Vintage Family Fun Day is also an old time favourite. The ‘Dalriada Sounds’ concert has grown from strength to strength and showcases the talent both of the locals and invited guests from other areas with dancing, music, singing and poetry.

Great 9 days entertainment of fun and craic. Come along and join us with our full programme of events – you’ll not be disappointed!

Stendhal Festival 2020, Limavady, 6th – 8th August

Winners of Best Small Festival in Ireland 2013, 2014, 2015 and Best Family Friendly Festival 2014 & Northern Ireland’s Best Kept Secret.

Highlighting the very best in local and international music, art, comedy, dance, theatre and more. Stendhal Festival is one of Northern Ireland’s best loved, grassroots festivals.

With illustrious alumni such as Frightened Rabbit, Badly Drawn Boy, DJ Yoda, Therapy, Lynched, The Undertones, The Divine Comedy, Turin Brakes, Paddy Casey, Mundy, Macca B, John Moloney, Phil Kay, Arthur Smith and many many more.

Stendhal Festival aims to bring the very best in the arts to County Londonderry each and every year for as long as we all shall live. Hopefully longer.

The Auld Lammas Fair, Ballycastle, 25th – 28th August

Ireland’s oldest fair which is held in the beautiful seaside town of Ballycastle returns this year for another year of trading, bargaining and a programme packed with great entertainment.

Sample famous local favourites Dulse and Yellow Man and wonder around the Naturally North Coast and Glens artisan market featuring fresh produce, handmade crafts and fine art. Experience the hustle and bustle of the horse trading village, get a thrill on one of the many fun fair rides available or simply take in the atmosphere and local banter as thousands roam the streets of Ballycastle.